|17th United States Ambassador to Malawi|
May 5, 2011 – 2014
|Preceded by||Peter W. Bodde|
|Succeeded by||Virginia E. Palmer|
|16th United States Ambassador to Burkina Faso|
March 24, 2006 – August 4, 2009
|President||George W. Bush|
|Preceded by||J. Anthony Holmes|
|Succeeded by||Gayleatha B. Brown|
Prior to entering the U.S. Foreign Service, Jackson worked in Saigon, Vietnam, as a civil service employee at the Defense Attaché Office. She also served for 10 years as an active duty U.S. Army officer as a colonel, and served primarily in Germany and South Korea, before retiring and joining the reserves. She joined the Foreign Service in 1985, and saw prominent roles such as Post Management officer to the USSR (1991), Personnel Officer to Hong Kong (1997), Supervisory General Services Officer to Kenya (1998), Deputy Chief of Mission to Afghanistan (2001–2003), Coordinator for Iraq Transition (2004–2006), amidst others. As Minister Counselor for Management at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, she supported the transition from a military-oriented U.S. presence to a more civilian one. In that role she found it necessary to deal with funding shortages and uncertainty. Jackson retired as a colonel from the Army reserve in 2006. She was appointed as United States Ambassador to Burkina Faso by George W. Bush in 2006, where she achieved a bilateral agreement with the state that enabled U.S. Special Operations Command to regularize and accelerate its counter-terrorism work against Al Qaeda in that region, and remained in that post until 2009.
President Barack Obama nominated Jackson as United States Ambassador to Malawi, and she was then confirmed by Congress on June 30, 2011. She ended her post in Malawi in 2014 and used the opportunity to highlight the US Skills Training programs and commend the Malawi government for its peace-keeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She served as ambassador to Malawi during the administration of Malawi President Joyce Banda and witnessed the progress the country made under her leadership in establishing greater gender equality. In an interview Jackson compared Malawi to the U.S. in terms of women's participation in government: "I note that there is a greater percentage of women in the Malawian Parliament than in the U.S. congress."
Jackson is married. She and her husband, Mark, a retired Foreign Service Officer, served together in Nigeria and Saudi Arabia.
- Jeanine Elizabeth Jackson (1949–)
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- Interview (The European Times)
J. Anthony Holmes
|United States Ambassador to Burkina Faso
Gayleatha B. Brown